Hooked On QE---Italy Heading For Traumatic Withdrawal

The ECB, through its army of official mouthpieces, has begun warning of the potentially calamitous consequences for Italian bonds when its QE program comes to an end, which is scheduled to happen at the end of this year.

During a speech in Vienna on Tuesday, Governing Council member Ewald Nowotny pointed out that Italy’s central bank, under the ECB’s guidance, is the biggest buyer of Italian government debt. The Bank of Italy, on behalf of the ECB, has bought up more than €360 billion of multiyear treasury bonds (BTPs) since the QE program was first launched in March 2015.

https://wolfstreet.com/2018/11/22/qe-created-dangerous-financial-dependence-italy-hooked-withdrawal-next-ecb-warns/

 

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